McConnell says stimulus Senate’s top priority before year end

first_img“I think that’s job one when we get back,” McConnell said. “Hopefully we get a more cooperative situation than we’ve had.”Although Republicans appeared set to retain their majority in the Senate as of Wednesday afternoon, McConnell struck a cautious outlook and cited tight contests in key battleground states.- Advertisement – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), gestures while giving election remarks at the Omni Louisville Hotel on November 4, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky.Jon Cherry | Getty Images Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday said his top priority remains passing a new economic stimulus bill before the end of the year.McConnell, who Tuesday evening won his reelection bid for a seventh six-year Senate term, said from a news conference in Kentucky that another relief package would be the chamber’s chief focus when it reconvenes next week.He also said that state and local aid, a consistent Democratic demand in relief discussions with the White House, could be included in a new bill.- Advertisement – Democrats did win the Senate race in Colorado, and are leading in Arizona, but as of 1:55 p.m. ET they appear to be set to fall short of becoming the majority. NBC News projects Democrats will keep control of the House of Representatives.Maine Democrat Sara Gideon’s concession to incumbent Sen. Susan Collins makes flipping the chamber even more difficult, though NBC News has yet to make an official call on that race.Still, McConnell’s comments could rekindle relief talks between the two parties after months of stalled negotiations between Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and White House officials including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.The mired talks come even as the U.S. recorded another 91,500 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, the second-highest single-day tally to date, according to Johns Hopkins data. The disease has now killed more than 230,000 Americans.Up until the weeks immediately preceding the election, McConnell had warned that a potential $2 trillion package negotiated between Mnuchin and Pelosi may lack sufficient support in the Senate out of fears it could be too expensive.“The Speaker laid out a $2.5 trillion package with all kinds of things that I felt were simply unrelated to the subject,” the majority leader said Wednesday. “I laid on the Senate floor not once, but twice, half a trillion dollars …  targeting the school situation, the need to replenish PPP small loan program.”McConnell tried early in 2020 to advance his own, far-smaller bill that lacked fiscal support for state and local governments as well as omitted another round of $1,200 direct payment checks to most Americans.That effort was blocked by Senate Democrats — who argued that it lacked enough relief — and by some Republicans that said even the watered-down bill was too costly. Congress has not enacted any new major stimulus since the spring when lawmakers muscled through four bipartisan bills worth about $3 trillion.“Ultimately, you’ve got to kill the [virus] before we get back to normal. Because there’s no other way to get back to normal. You can keep keep pumping money into the economy forever And it won’t solve the problem until we kill the virus,” McConnell said.“Having said that, there are other sectors that need help and I outlined what I think is appropriate, but I don’t get to make the final decision. We have to deal with the Democrats,” he added. “And what I’m saying is, I think now that the election’s over, the need is there and need to sit down and work this out.” – Advertisement – “As I’ve said repeatedly in the last few months, we need another rescue package,” McConnell, R-Ky., said Wednesday morning. “Hopefully, the partisan passions that prevented us from doing another rescue package will subside with the election. And I think we need to do it and I think we need to do it before the end of the year.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

Malagò: ‘Serie A must have a Plan B’

first_img Loading… Promoted ContentIt Might Be Quentin Tarantino’s Last Movie8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsHe Didn’t Agree With His Character Becoming Gay And Quit A Role5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 9 Scariest Haunted Castles In EuropeFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet Coni President, Giovanni Malagò, has claimed ‘there must be a Plan B’ for the resumption of Serie A but knows the playoff hypothesis is not welcomed by everyone. “I speak of agreements with the various components and with the broadcasters. Like the Bundesliga.” Serie A wanted to resume on June 13, but the new decree has suspended all sporting activities until June 14 and one of the alternatives could be the hypothesis of a playoff to assign the championship on the pitch. “If the contagion curve keeps a low index, I think there will be no problem starting a couple of days before. read also:Italian FA chief looking at May return for Serie A “I read [about the hypothesis] and I understand that everyone doesn’t agree. I want to be clear that CONI only has interests if football, or better to say Serie A, manages to solve problems. “I’m not invading the pitch as someone has defined it. I have a proactive, non-critical attitude.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 As Serie A works on the resumption, the CONI chief insists the championship will need alternatives in case of emergency and claims ‘getting there can’t be the only solution’. “For months I insisted that we aim to start again but since it’s not possible to make long-term forecasts, given the existing variables, there must also be a Plan B,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “Not having one is a mistake. I’ll give you an example: Tomorrow, we go by boat from Naples to reach Corsica because the sea is calm, but after a few miles it starts to rise and we must have a plan to either go back or change course. “Getting there can’t be the only solution. The commander must have alternatives. Abroad, the championships have either been shut down or whoever has decided to reopen them or intends to do so, meanwhile, has made everything safe in the event of a new stop.Advertisementlast_img read more

Dornsife/LA Times poll asks voters about high-speed rail

first_imgIn a recently released USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences/Los Angeles Times poll, seven out of 10 voters said they wanted another opportunity to vote on California’s high-speed rail project.From SoCal to NorCal · The high-speed rail project would connect Southern California with Northern California, linking the two areas through the Central Valley. A one-way trip would cost about $120. – Uracha Chaiyapinunt | Daily TrojanIf the rail is built, the train will be 520 miles long, linking the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles through the Central Valley. Traveling on the train between these cities would cost about $120 one way and would take approximately two hours and 40 minutes.“Even though it would theoretically take longer than a plane, I usually choose trains over planes because they’re more relaxing and simpler, and you don’t have to get to the station as early as you would if you were taking a plane,” said Anna Skelsey, a freshman majoring in theater.California has dedicated $9 billion to the $68 billion project  to build the high-speed rail and, according to the poll, 51 percent of voters agreed that the money should be used elsewhere, though 45 percent believed it was well spent. Fifty-two percent believed that the government should stop the bullet train project completely.Some voters did feel, however, that the high-speed rail could be beneficial to transportation. Sixty-one percent said that a high-speed rail would decrease the amount of traffic on highways and at airports. Sixty-five percent also thought that this project would create new jobs, in contrast to only 32 percent who disagreed.Voters also answered a question on Tesla founder Elon Musk’s “Hyperloop” plan. According to Musk, the Hyperloop would consist of pressurized capsules being driven though a tube by electric motors.About 75 percent of voters claimed to know “little or nothing” about the Hyperloop, compared to 26 percent who claimed to know “a lot or some” about it.Fifty-five percent of voters said they would take the Hyperloop over any other mode of transportation, though 13 percent said they would rather take a high-speed train. In contrast to the high-speed rail, Musk claims that the Hyperloop would cost $20 for a one-way, 30-minute trip between San Francisco and Los Angeles.“I like being able to see nature and various other sites when I’m in a train,” said Pedraam Mirzanian, an undecided freshman. “You don’t get that if you’re in a plane or if you’re going really fast in a Hyperloop.”The USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll was conducted between Sept. 18 and 24. It polled 1,500 registered California voters. Follow Alexandria on Twitter @alimar18last_img read more

MINISTER’S NEW BUILDING CONTROLS DO NOT HELP DIRECT BUILD HOUSES – McGOWAN

first_imgFianna Fáil Cllr Patrick Mc Gowan said while everyone wants to see tighter controls on building standards the Environment Minister’s new regulatory system to maintain a high quality standard of building for dwellings does not take into account direct build houses.Councillor Patrick McGowanThe Ballybofey councillor said nobody wants to see cowboy builders going unregulated or leaving poor quality work behind .However he claims the regulations coming into force will penalize own-build home owners who want to construct their own family home. “Direct build One-off homes will be hit with a regulatory framework designed for large-scale developments in major towns and cities. This will dramatically increase costs and has the potential to damage the local construction industry at a time when it should be supported .“The Minister needs to listen to genuine public concerns. The cost of the regulations will place a hefty and disproportionate burden on one-off housing. local authorities will need extra staff to handle the deluge of information and paperwork that will result from the new system .“Surely the Government should establish a national building inspectorate or fund the Local authorities to enforce a system of targeted inspections, licensing or registration for builders. Information on builders could then be shared among the relevant authorities, with full prosecutions of any designers or contractors who are negligent in their duties.“An open register of inspections and prosecutions and reports of inspections could be made public. Transparency in the system would be of huge benefit and build public confidence.” He added that Minister Hogan’s rush to bring in new regulations such as septic tanks registration, property tax, water charges etc are being fast forwarded without taken into account the level of services available in the Rural West and North west compared to Dublin and the East of the Country .“Setting up these initiatives is costing tax payers far too much because they are not costed and too much is spend on Consultants or setting up new quango to run them..“Hogan will be going before the EU Parliament and EU Council of Ministers before the End of the year to tell them how he brought in all these changes but won’t say anything about all the unfair cost burden and ongoing hardships placed on the people as well.” Said Cllr Mc Gowan.MINISTER’S NEW BUILDING CONTROLS DO NOT HELP DIRECT BUILD HOUSES – McGOWAN was last modified: March 1st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:housesMinister HoganPATRICK MCGOWANlast_img read more